Members of the Alabama House decided this morning not to override the governor’s veto of a bill from Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, to allow teachers and community members to be trained as reserve officers within Franklin County Schools.
Gov. Robert Bentley said this week that he vetoed the bill because training was not adequate for the special security force the bill would create.
Morrow on the House floor today took issue with Bentley vetoing local legislation.
“Gov. Bentley is saying we don’t want Washington telling us what to do,” he said. “Gov. Bentley is saying, ‘On the other hand, I want to tell Franklin County what they should do.’ ”
Morrow said he will reintroduce his bill with changes recommended by Bentley.
Morrow wrote the bill in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting and after meeting with local school and law enforcement officials.
Mack’s HB116 makes it voluntary for teachers to become reserve sheriff’s deputies or police officers and puts the responsibility of training and supervising the “emergency security force” on local law enforcement. The bill does not require the Franklin County school district to take any action.
Morrow said the state would be exempt from liability under the bill.